Quietly Changing The World: 2012 Navistar eStar

In 2012 Navistar (in cooperation with UK based Modec) started producing an all-electric van from their Wakarusa, Indiana manufacturing plant called the eStar.  Modec was sort of the Tesla of the British trucking industry, and it started with electric taxicabs and later transitioned to building electric inner city delivery trucks before being forced into administration (that’s British for bankruptcy) in 2011.  Navistar fed on that rotting corpse like a hyena in heat and the fruit of that meal is this eclectic electric box on wheels.  Find this 2012 Navistar eStar here on eBay bidding for $7,877 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go.

The eStar is powerd by a 70kW (102 horsepower) electric motor, mounted somewhere underneath, connected to a 80kWhr lithium-ion battery pack.  With the help of generative braking the eStar will transport you and some mix of 5,100 lbs of goods to a top speed of 52 mph and an approximate range of 100 miles.

Here is the interesting part in this eStar listing — with the current sub $10k bidding, this thing has lost 96% of its original $187,000 MSRP to the magic of depreciation.  A Bentley maintains value better than this thing.

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